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Pre-Planting Tips

Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to begin preparing for the upcoming planting season. Proper planning, machine checks, and maintenance will help ensure you have a safe, productive and successful planting season.

The experts at Koenig Equipment are pleased to provide a detailed checklist to assist you with your planting preparations.  This pre-planting checklist will help make sure that you’re ready to plant. It can help you to avoid issues since it highlights some problem areas that we've seen in the past.

Snow Blower Maintenance

While in the throes of a standard Midwestern winter, keeping your snowblower in tip-top shape is of premium importance. No one wants to look out the window at 8” of fresh snow, only to find that the snowblower in the garage is on the fritz. There are a few important items that any homeowner can attend to in order to ensure that optimal snowblower performance is there when needed.

 

Fuel Filter

Remove your fuel filter and clean any residue. If you find debris clogging the mesh screen inside the filter, replace the screen rather than cleaning it. Remember that some fuel filters are located in the fuel line and some are located inside the fuel tank. Consult your snowblower’s operating manual for specifics.

 

Fuel Cap

Though it may seem like an incidental part, the fuel cap plays an important role in the performance of your machine. Check to see if your fuel cap’s air vent holes are blocked. If they are, replace the fuel cap. During the off season, cover or close the fuel cap vent to maintain cleanliness.

 

Tires

Storing Gas-Powered Equipment

Here is some general advice on how to operate and maintain your gas-power tools and equipment. Of course, it is very important for users to read and understand the information provided in individual power equipment instruction manuals that come with the product you are storing.

 

Tips and Tricks of Harvesting High Moisture Grain

(Applicable to John Deere 60, 70, and S-Series combines)

 

Complaint or Symptom:

Customer states that while harvesting high moisture field corn the machine is operating with high losses, cleaning shoe loads, tailings and may have a poor grain tank sample.

Problem or Situation:

Solution:

How To Prepare For A Trouble-Free Harvest

CHECK THESE AREAS FOR A TROUBLE FREE HARVEST.

Cutting & Feeding: Correctly maintained and adjusted platforms, heads, & feeding systems must operate at a speed and height which will hold and remove all the harvested crop without seed loss and then deliver that material undamaged in an uniform mat to the threshing area of the combine. 

Areas of Concern: Cutter bar shatter; Reel shatter; Slug feeding, Row shelling; Ear bounce; Excessive stalks; Auger carryover; Crop auger damage, Feeder house conveyor speeds; Feeder house drum height.

Threshing: Proper threshing occurs when the majority of grain is removed from the mat of crop by contact with other grain or MOG (material other than grain). Correctly adjusted cylinder/rotor and concaves thresh almost 90% of the grain in the first 30% of the total threshing area, there by reducing grain to metal contact; a leading cause of grain damage. 

Areas of Concern: High cylinder speed; Low cylinder speed; Worn rasp bars; Narrow concave setting; Wide concave settings; Worn concaves.

John Deere 5E Series Tractors

If you've got a job for a tractor in the 45-111 horsepower range now there's a John Deere option with all the options you're looking for at a price you're going to like. 
 
Introducing the new 5E series tractors from John Deere. If you want an open operator station, John Deere now offers 3 new open operator stations to choose from: the 5083E, the 5093E and the 5101E.
 
If you need the comfort of a cab, our new 5055E, 5065E and 5075E cab models deliver. And you can turn these tractor models into high performance material handlers with a loader package and the all-new PowrReverser transmission. The PowrReverser makes directional shifting easy. Not only does it reduce wear and tear on the operator, but clutches last longer too. The new PowrReverser is exclusively from John Deere. 
 
Choose your horsepower, choose a cab or open operator station and amp up your loader performance with a PowrReverser transmission. In other words, get the John Deere solution you want backed with parts and service from the best in the business. 
 

The John Deere 7R Series Tractor

Bringing you more versatility in the 200 and 280 HP range than you've ever had before is the new from the ground-up 7R series tractors from John Deere. 

Buying a New Planter? Plan for the Future!

By Kurtis Shipp

With net farm incomes at record levels the last few years many growers have opted to invest in new equipment for their operation.  One of the most common purchases has been new planters.  Many growers as well as industry professionals (myself Included) believe the planter is the most important piece of equipment in the entire operation, because if the seed is not planted correctly we are doomed to fail from the start.  In addition we are seeing a trend toward more and more growers switching from grain drills to split row planters for soybean planting.  Split row planters improve seed placement by offering more even seed spacing and more consistent planting depth allowing growers the ability to reduce planting populations and save seed costs.  Another huge advantage split row planters provide is the ability to plant using variable rate populations through seeding prescriptions.  So now that we know why planting equipment is crucial to a successful operation what should one consider when looking at a new planter?

Case Study - EZ-Pilot with Field IQ improves accuracy and enhances planter performance

Problem

A Miami County, Indiana customer purchased a new 1200 series corn planter with a Pro 600 display and EZ-Steer automation system.   At the time of purchase the customer was not concerned with row clutches or variable rate planting; however accurate guess rows were a requirement.  The customer decided to use the OmniStar correction service for their spring planting with thoughts of increasing the performance of their new technology in the future.  OmniStar served them well, although the GPS convergence time, repeatability and the inability to automatically adjust their seeding rates for the varying soil types and point rows led to higher seeding cost and wasted time, which presented many unnecessary frustrations.

Solution

Pre-Planting Checklist For John Deere XP Planters

Here's a talk given by Tom Heckman from Koenig Equipment in Greenville, Ohio. Tom goes over a pre-planting checklist of a John Deere XP Planter at the annual Planting and Seeding Clinic. Taking these simple steps will help to ensure a safe and efficient planting experience when farmers go to the field this spring. To learn more about planter inspections and to get the checklist visit http://www.koenigequipment.com/service.

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